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Diagram showing the place where the wine offerings of the whole year collected and its relationship to the altar in the Temple

Yes if you look at the Perush Chai here it has a clear diagram: In addition, the Machon Hamikdash website features a write up on both the שיתין and the לול with artistic renderings which might ...
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How does one get an animal off of the Altar surreptitiously?

My understanding is like the suggestion in your last paragraph, that R. Chanina's father would indeed push the animals off the side of the Altar. I think that when R. Obadiah miBartenura explains ...
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Why is the Mizbe'ach in Al Hamichya?

R. David HaCohen Scali suggests in Kiryat Chana David vol. I, Orach Chaim 55 that plant-based offerings on the altar included only mezonot-items and wine, but not bread. Thus, specifically after ...
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A Table Representing the altar

While this exact phraseology does not appear in Chagigah 27a, that seems to be the Gemara on which this is based: רבי יוחנן וריש לקיש דאמרי תרוייהו בזמן שבית המקדש קיים מזבח מכפר על אדם עכשיו שלחנו ...
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Mizbaech Hachitzon in the mishkan - how was it made?

Rambam in Hilchot Beit Habechirah 2:16 writes: When we build the Altar, it must be made as one solid block, resembling a pillar. No empty cavity may be left at all. We must bring whole stones, both ...
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Golden Altar Name

Nechama Leibowitz references Cassuto on Exodus 30,1 that the root of מזבח is זבח (salughtering), however the meaning was widened to include the altar for incense sacrifices since that altar is similar ...
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Why specifically branches as firewood on the Altar?

The unknown commentary1 to this Mishnah in the Talmud says that branches burn easily and do not produce [too much] smoke. He also states several other advantages for using younger branches than older ...
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Why there was no railing on the 5m high Mizbeach?

The Tiferes Yisrael (Middos, Chap. 3, Yachin, 8) posits that there was a quasi-מעקה on the top of the Altar. דחוזרין ומניחין מקרנות ולפנים, אמה א' סביב בגג המזבח לצורך הילוך רגלי הכהנים, והיו ב' ...
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A Table Representing the altar

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, 167:5 which says: ומ"מ מצוה להביא על כל שלחן מלח קודם שיבצוע כי השלחן דומה למזבח והאכיל' לקרבן ונא' על כל קרבנך תקריב מלח (ב"י בשם שבולי הלקט) והוא מגין מן הפורענות (תו'...
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Why do we need the second reason?

Chagigah 27a gives two explanations of the Sages' opinion: They are actually arguing against R. Eliezer. They believe that the altars are susceptible to impurity, and are not viewed like the ground, ...
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When is a table considered as an altar?

As pointed out , the source is in Chagiga 27a. Rashi and Tosafos both say that the reason being that one does Hachnosas Orchim at one's table. Rashi: שולחנו מכפר עליו - בהכנסת אורחין:‏ One's table ...
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Golden Altar Name

The Zohar (Vayakhel 219a) explains that the Golden Altar is called a mizbeach because the incense offered upon it has the powers to subdue evil forces (see Num. 17:11-15 in which Aaron’s offering ...
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Why did Joab grip the ram horns of the altar?

Makkos 12A: נגמר דינו וכו': אמר רב יהודה אמר רב שתי טעיות טעה יואב באותה שעה דכתיב (מלכים א ב, כח) וינס יואב אל אהל ה' ויחזק בקרנות המזבח § The mishna teaches: If the verdict of a murderer was ...
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What is the mizraq (basin/bowl) used for in regards to the altar?

Rashi explains the basin was used to receive the blood of the sacrifices. ומזרקתיו. לְקַבֵּל בָּהֶם דַּם הַזְּבָחִים Artscroll explains the use of the utensils in the verse you are referring to ...
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How did the altar indicate that the sons of Shaul were to be killed?

According to Rabbi Steinsaltz's commentary on the version in the Bavli, they were all passed near the Ark, brushing against it and whoever had to die stayed glue to the Ark and couldn't move. ...
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Why is greeting someone before praying compared to building a private altar?

ArtScroll Brachos 14a2 note 18 explains this by comparing someone who is davening to someone who is in the process of bringing the karbonos on the mizbeach. One is worshiping Hashem in an improper ...
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Festive meals on Chanuka

If you look at the Mishnah Berura there it could be read as follows שלא קבעום למשתה ושמחה, אלא להודות ולהלל. Perhaps he means that they established it as a day of thanks and praise to the exclusion of ...
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Why there was no railing on the 5m high Mizbeach?

There could be another explanation. Rambam in Hilchos Beis Habdhira says that the Altar was not a building, but one of the tools, used in the Temple (just like the Menorah or the table). As such it ...
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Why there was no railing on the 5m high Mizbeach?

The Sifri (Ki Tetzei, 229) explicitly exempts a ramp from needing a railing: ועשית מעקה לגגך. אין לי אלא גג, מנין לרבות בורות שיחים ומערות [חריצים] ונעיצים, תלמוד לומר ולא תשים דמים בביתך. אם כן למה ...
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Why were there so many Karbanos Eitzim in Av, and so few during the rest of the year?

It's more practical to give dry wood and by the season of Av, which is 4 months after the end of the rainy season which ends in Nissan (Taanis 2b), the wood is more effectively burnt as it is very dry....
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